Knowledge Management

PILPG’s Knowledge Management Initiative connects the community of peacebuilding practitioners with the resources and training necessary to accomplish PILPG’s vision and strategic objectives related to peace negotiations and post-conflict transition processes.

The Knowledge Management Initiative is designed to enable PILPG and the peacebuilding community to develop and share best practices and lessons learned, enhance the capacity of strategic partnerships, and provide effective legal assistance and policy planning through training programs, roundtables, negotiation simulations, and the distribution of toolkits and handbooks.

PILPG’s Knowledge Management Initiative includes a variety of activities:

Peace Agreement Training Series

PILPG’s Peace Agreement Training Series seeks to share knowledge and develop the capacity of practitioners involved in negotiating and drafting peace agreements.  Developed by PILPG’s lawyers and policy advisors, each session in the series draws from PILPG’s field experience and subject-matter expertise in advising over two dozen parties involved in peace negotiations.  It is highly adaptable and applicable to any national, political, and cultural setting.

Toolkits and Handbooks

PILPG has developed the following toolkits and handbooks to manage, share, and develop knowledge in the fields of peace negotiations, post-conflict constitution drafting, and war crimes prosecutions:

  • Peace Negotiations Toolkit: This toolkit helps parties, mediators, and practitioners better prepare to negotiate and implement peace agreements.  The toolkit includes negotiation simulations, a Peace Agreement Drafter’s Handbook, Quick Guides, a primer on earned sovereignty, and Peace Negotiations Watch.
  • Post-Conflict Constitution Toolkit:  This toolkit helps parties, mediators, and practitioners better prepare for drafting and implementing post-conflict constitutions.  It contains negotiation simulations, a Post-Conflict Constitution Drafter’s Handbook, and Quick Guides.
  • War Crimes Prosecution Toolkit: This toolkit helps states and tribunals better prepare for the prosecution of war criminals and to promote academic discourse regarding war crimes.  The toolkit includes the War Crimes Research Portal, the Grotian Moment blog, the War Crimes Tribunal Drafter’s Handbook, and the published proceedings of an annual conference on war-crimes-related issues.
  • Rebel’s Guide to Negotiations

Negotiation Simulations

PILPG drafts and runs negotiation simulations for current conflict areas around the globe in order to train parties in negotiating techniques, surface critical issues in each conflict, test new approaches to conflicts, and assist in the development of innovative diplomatic solutions to armed conflicts.  Following each simulation, PILPG drafts and distributes a Lessons Learned Report, which highlights key lessons that may be applicable during the upcoming negotiations.

Roundtables, Lessons Learned Discussions, Policy Planning Reports

In order to facilitate and promote best practices and lessons learned, PILPG hosts Roundtables and Lessons Learned Discussions.  The Roundtables are designed to draw constructive attention to particular aspects of a conflict or transition.  Generally the Roundtables feature a keynote speaker, often one of PILPG’s pro bono clients, and are attended by local stakeholders, academics, and policy makers.  Likewise, the Lessons Learned Discussions promote collaborative and open dialogue between the stakeholders in various conflicts and post-conflict transitions.

Scholarship:  PILPG’s Managing Board, Advisory Board, Key Personnel, Affiliated Experts, and Advisory Council have authored numerous books and law review articles on issues relating to peace negotiations, state succession, and transitional justice.

Congressional Testimony:  PILPG’s Managing Board and Advisory Board Members have been called to testify before Congress as experts on a range of issues relating to international law.

Watches:  PILPG produces several regular publications on issues relevant to its clients and practice areas, including Peace Negotiations Watch, Balkan Watch, and War Crimes Prosecution Watch.

PILPG Updates:  PILPG provides e-mail updates of certain news items concerning PILPG.